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No Walker in Sight

I attended several meetings at the home office yesterday, and several employees were surprised to see me walking without a cane. I realized that I hadn’t told anyone—I was given the OK to walk without a cane on Friday! Happy day! I walk slow, and always with someone nearby when I’m out of the house so I can reach out once in a while for a little stability, but I’m definitely not complaining!

And that’s not the only change. . .

  • No walker in sight
  • The hospital-style bed is gone
  • I’ve done my own hair every day for almost a week (except for yesterday because we shot some videos, so Megan did it)
  • Getting dressed by myself
  • The wheelchair is still around—in case I need it for a long jaunt—but I’m thinking it will be headed to storage very soon
  • Physical therapy only once a week; still doing occupational therapy twice a week

Of course, I’m moving slowly (much more slower than I would like) and there’s occasional discomfort, but that’s to be expected. I’m thrilled with the progress and am eagerly looking forward to the next big milestone—driving! I don’t have any photos of these milestones (you’ll just have to imagine it!), but you can bet I’ll take a photo of that one. . . me sitting in the car, looking very happy and grateful, celebrating my independence day! Sterling will probably be pretty happy about that too!

In the meantime, I’m just savoring every step I take. . .


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Reader Comments (31)

Yeah for you Shelli....I am 2 weeks into knee replacement and I am so in awe of your recovery! I honestly don't understand how you did it but therapy is a godsend. They tell me to do things and I sort of say...yea, like how can I do that? But somehow I am able to do it. I can do stairs, walk with and without walker, knee lifts, donkey kicks but for the life of me cannot get off the toilet by myself . I got stuck there for well over an hour yesterday....lesson learned....make sure hubby is home or I have my phone with me. All you can do is laugh at these things. I remember how proud you were when you said you could go to the bathroom by yourself and I truly can appreciate that goal for you now. Please say a prayer that tomorrow will be the day I regain that ability. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers in your journey back and as my therapy team says....don't rush it. Prayers for you being able to drive soon.

Linda in utah
November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Woo! Hoo! So happy to hear how fast you are making progress--even thought I am sure it doesn't seem so fast to one is used to being always on the go.
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara Nell
You have come such a long way in a short time! I know it's taken lots of hard work, determination, and prayers. I'm so glad you are on the mend.
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi
Yippee! Congratulations!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSHH
You are amazing! Congrats on these milestones in your recovery! So happy for you.
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen Timko
Hi Shelli,
I just wanted to say that you truly are an inspiration to us all! I'm so happy that you are recovering so well! Keep going and I can't wait to see your photo of you driving!
God bless,
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizy
Fantastic progress! You'll be dancin' by New Years!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
I am amazed by your progress! The power of prayer is so strong! So glad to hear how well you are doing!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan LaCroix
Congratulations Shelly. What a blessing on such a quick recovery.....almost there!!!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Thompson
Congratulations that is fabulous news!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris Glebus
So happy to see you on the mend! You are an inspiration to us all!
Wish I had Megan to do my hair!!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCary Farruggia
So thankful things are going well. Eph 3:20!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzan Michaud
Shelli you are so amazing. Not letting the pain get in the way of work. Such a trooper. Wishes for a speedy recovery.
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLM
Shelli you are an inspiration as always! So glad to hear about your continued recovery XXX
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Shannon
We are so glad to hear that you are making such wonderful progress! We all have much to be truly thankful for this time of year!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Whittaker
WOW...that is awesome news, Shelli! So glad to hear you are making excellent progress and good riddance to the walker, cane and wheelchair. Happy they were there for you when needed but thrilled to hear it's time to be more independent!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Hoyt
good for you!
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Knabe
So glad to hear that things are looking so good! It is tempting to rush things as you get close to the finish line, so be patient with these final stages of recovery. Hugs to all your family for their support of you.
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDona Stallworth
November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Montague
YAY!!!! So very happy for you and excited about all the amazing progress you are making!
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Granger
Wow - such major improvements. Go Shelli! You and Kadie are still in my prayers. {{HUGS}}
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa S
So fantastic to hear!
Glad to hear you are doing better each day Shelli. Blessings to you always.
Someone posted a picture of the GRANOLA that was given out at Founders Circle. Is it the same one that STERLING made? If so, can you share the recipe?
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLM
Such wonderful news for you! I'm sure you're relieved to regain some of the things you were able to do for yourself. I remember how gratifying that was following both of my hip replacement surgeries. I tip my hat to you for your bravery, and send my sincerest prayers and best wishes for your continued recovery! Take gentle care...
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
Shelli you are amazing, so glad to hear you have progressed so far, wonderful news
Janet Mills NZ Demo
November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Mills

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